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Deanne Stillman’s latest book is the “Desert Reckoning: A Town Sheriff, a Mojave Hermit, and the Biggest Manhunt in Modern California History,” ...


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9/11 and the Damage Done

On the day the towers fell, furies flew out of the hole in the ground and like all restless spirits, they headed west. I did not realize it at the time, of course, but did have the sense a few days after the dust began to settle at Ground Zero that things had shifted, a feeling that we all had, as if the world itself had gone off its axis.

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Look Homeward, Angels: California and the Rise and Fall of America’s Space Program

While much of the coverage of the end of the space shuttle age has focused on Florida, the launching pad for many missions, it should be recalled that another region of the country was equally important: the Antelope Valley of Los Angeles County and, in particular, the Mojave city of Lancaster.

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America’s Mermaid

A real-life tale in which I meet the real Gidget, discover an ancient novella and see surfing’s holy grail.

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Cat on a Hot Tin Pyramid

Cleopatra has died, 2,000 years after she killed herself in ancient Egypt. Long live Maggie the Cat.

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‘The Misfits’ at 50: Honoring the Horse and an Iconic Western

February 1st marks the 50th anniversary of the release of “The Misfits,” the iconic and underrated film about Nevada mustangers who brutally capture wild horses so they can sell them to the slaughterhouse.

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New Year’s Call for a Border Reboot

In light of a recent murder, and considering that we are about to ring in a new year, I think the time has come to reframe the border discussion.

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Until We Meet Again: Giving Thanks to the American Cowboy

Once upon a time, a cowboy saved my life. I think of him in certain moments, at the sight of red rocks, for instance, or the hint of a desert storm. Now, the time has come to tell his story.

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Deanne Stillman
Deanne Stillman
Photo by Martin Sugarman

Deanne Stillman’s latest book is the “Desert Reckoning: A Town Sheriff, a Mojave Hermit, and the Biggest Manhunt in Modern California History,”  based on her Rolling Stone article, “The Great Mojave Manhunt,” which was a finalist for a PEN journalism award and appears in “Best American Crime Writing 2006.” Publisher’s Weekly calls it “a beautifully written, humane book” and Kirkus Reviews describes it as “lyrical and intense.” In addition, Rolling Stone has named it as a “must-read for the summer.”

In addition, she has written the widely acclaimed “Mustang: The Saga of the Wild Horse in the American West,” a Los Angeles Times “Best Book of ‘08,” winner of the California Book Award silver medal for nonfiction, and recipient of great reviews in the Atlantic Monthly, Economist, Orion, NPR’s On Point, and may other publications. A chapter of “Mustang” is currently in development for a film starring Wendie Malick. 

Deanne is also author of “Twentynine Palms: A True Story of Murder, Marines, and the Mojave,” which Hunter Thompson called “A strange and brilliant story by an important American writer.” It was an L.A. Times bestseller and “Best Book ’01,” is included in college literary nonfiction courses around the country and is now out in a new, updated edition. 

Deanne’s work is widely anthologized, and her plays have won prizes in festivals around the country. She is a member of the core faculty at the UC Riverside-Palm Desert Low Residency MFA Creative Writing Program.

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